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Wisconsin’s first major candidate to seek the White House

Paul Ryan wasn’t the first Wisconsin resident to seek an office in the West Wing. Wisconsin Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette ran for president in 1925 and collected almost 5 million votes in a losing effort against Republican Calvin Coolidge.

Photos:

1. 1923 cover of Time. (Time)

2. 1906 political cartoon  (Wisconsin Historical Society)

3. The 50th Congressional delegation from Wisconsin. La Follette is top left right, adjacent to Oshkosh’s Philetus Sawyer. (Oshkosh Public Museum.)

4. A 1911 cartoon of La Follette’s railroad reform (WHS)

5. An anti-La Follette cartoon from Life magazine in 1917. (WHS)

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Natural gas is the future for this country as a major fuel source. It is our ticket for becoming oil independent, if not energy independent.

However, if we do things like the Keystone pipeline, which people have some legitimate concerns about, but we decide to play political football with it and not make any decisions until after the November elections. We decide to further enhance the political football by saying it’s going to be under the auspices of Hillary Rodham Clinton to figure out. It’s a State Department issue all of a sudden instead of a DOE issue. That tells me our energy policy is still messed up here in the United States.

But as an economist, when you look at things like supply and demand, it’s very clear that natural gas is where we have to be going in the future. We see the economic benefits of it in Texas, Ohio, North and South Dakota.

Economist Brian Beaulieu, addressing Oshkosh community and business leaders at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Economic Outlook Breakfast earlier this week. See our story here: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012202080371

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The presidential super PACs: five takeaways

The first round of SuperPAC annual filings came in yesterday, and we at Sunlight have been digging through them since. Our reporting team has been blogging the reports as we digest them.
Below are five takeaway points, based on a Sunlight Foundation analysis of FEC filings for nine super PACs that raised at least $500,000 in 2011 and have spent money in the presidential election.

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The presidential super PACs: five takeaways

The first round of SuperPAC annual filings came in yesterday, and we at Sunlight have been digging through them since. Our reporting team has been blogging the reports as we digest them.

Below are five takeaway points, based on a Sunlight Foundation analysis of FEC filings for nine super PACs that raised at least $500,000 in 2011 and have spent money in the presidential election.

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Appleton's Steve Kagen reportedly considering gubernatorial run

Madison-based blog Dane101 reports that former U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, is considering a bid in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. Kagen’s name, along with that of State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, came up in notes taken during union endorsement interviews held in Milwaukee early in January.

See Dane101’s post for the rest of the story.

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